Ukraine Blogs

Leaving Civilisation

I recently left civilization.

I was one of the last to board the plane, chasing after my rolling hand luggage as it sped towards the ticket desk, having been informed by the flight attendant that the gate was about to close.

Just because it was in a rush didn’t mean I couldn’t be amiable.

“How are you today?” I asked, handing my ticket over.

“I’m fine, and you?” 

“Not as good as you,” I said. “You get to stay.”

She smiled sadly and handed back my ticket, having confirmed that I’d been sentenced to this flight. 

Christmas markets & typhoid shots

While we had planned to enjoy a quiet pre-Christmas week in Kiev, friends were heading to Budapest to see the Christmas markets.  Once again swayed by the "when else will we be this close" logic, we decided to join....

Spirit over Safety

It has become clear that Ukraine is not exactly a place where health & safety come first.   

Fall - in photos

I decided that instead of writing this time, I would show you. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 10,000 words for you. 

Building a House in Ukraine

After considerable delay GASK have produced the commissioning certificate with a flourish and that means we can apply for Gas – and get cracking with the water and drainage connections. Wooooo hooooo!!!

As stated in previous posts, the gas connection some 15m away will take 3 months because that is the maximum period they are allowed. And soon it is winter.

The domovenok

A mystic story about the real trouble with plumbing, from Kharkiv.


The cultural cinema shock

The Kiev expat was really amazed by visiting the famous Kiev cultural citadel – ‘Zhovten’ cinema hall – for the Ukrainian nominee for Oscar-2014 ‘Parajanov’ show.

The ban signs: for bewaring of or for laughfing at?

A collection of the ban signs and notifications from the public places:

Meal in Kharkiv

A short practical guide on Kharkiv cafes and bistros by the local expat. More details + fotos:

The expat’s real experience on driving in Ukraine

Jason Row, a photographer and filmmaker, tries to comprehend ex-Soviet dimension. This time – by testing Mercedes on the Ukrainian roads. More:


Expat Poll

With Russia now acting aggressively in the Azov sea what should happen next?

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